Thriving All Summer With Y Teen Programs

When you’re too old for summer camp but not old enough to get a job, it can be easy for summer boredom to set in. But, Ashlee Johnson and Eva Forkner found that volunteering and learning at the Don Sjogren Community YMCA was a great way to stay active and prevent summer boredom.

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Schoneman Finds Belonging at Orthman YMCA

Five years ago, Stacey Schoneman was lonely and down on her luck. She had just moved back to Lexington from Omaha as a single mom with a sweet baby boy, and she was seeking friendship, healing and connection. She had survived two rounds of cervical cancer and was trying her best to be...

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Determined & Strong Holdrege Mom Swims 100 Miles

Just keep swimming. That’s what Mary Sue Newth of Holdrege did to complete the YMCA’s 100-mile swim challenge. Nothing could stop her. Not a full-time work schedule. Not a busy family life that includes six kids. Not even a broken boiler in the Y pool that made the water feel more like...

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Christina and Gracie

Mom, daughter find hope, family at YMCA

Gracie Harris was just 14 years old when she saw her dad die of a massive heart attack. He was only 48. That tragedy sparked a profound lifestyle change in Gracie and her mom, Christina Harris, of Oxford. Today, Gracie and Christina are a combined 100 pounds lighter and have found the...

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